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I will be riding from Seattle down to Reno the last week of August for a trade show. I have my long haul routes planned out both ways. Just wondering about bike friendly lodging in the downtown area and possible rides in the early evenings once I get out of the Atlantis convention hall later in the afternoons. Thanks in advance for any personal recommendations.
 

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If your headed to Reno I would ride the eastern side of the Cascades to avoid all the traffic. (Oregon) 97 S and catch 31 just south of Lapine. 31 is Oregon's scenic Outback Highway. Oregon's Outback Scenic Byway - YouTube Then take 395 down to Reno. This would be the quickest route with low traffic. If your going to take your time and sight see, chime up for things to see and camping locations. Lots to see close to this route so just ask.
 

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Take a ride to the Patagonia factory store just west of Reno. You can ship home anything you don't want to wear on your return ride. Sierra Trading Post has a store in Reno.
 

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If your headed to Reno I would ride the eastern side of the Cascades to avoid all the traffic. (Oregon) 97 S and catch 31 just south of Lapine. 31 is Oregon's scenic Outback Highway. Then take 395 down to Reno. This would be the quickest route with low traffic. If your going to take your time and sight see, chime up for things to see and camping locations. Lots to see close to this route so just ask.
I had not heard about 31. I was thinking of taking 97, spending the night in Klamath Falls, and then the next day taking the 139 and eventually meeting up with the 395. But the 31 sounds real interesting. Crikey, a new choice to be made!

It is not a business trip and I will be staying in motels at night so I hope finding a motel room on either route once I decide I am too tired to ride much further won't be too difficult.

Any motels in downtown Reno better than any others or all they all fairly generic?
 

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31 will have 1/100th the amount of traffic then 97 down to Klamath. It's very remote and you will make good time. When you hit 31 the sign will say Reno, it's actually the shortest route. Not allot of Places to stay but there are a few. Home | Lodge at Summer Lake Also there's a hot spring place a little further down the road with cabins if you enjoy listening to mice all night, and attached by insects. NOT RECOMMENDED, just there and a big turn off. Come Experience the Energy of Nature! | Summer Lake Hot Springs, Paisley, Oregon | (541) 943-3931 Also if you could time it, this place servers a 2 lb steak or whole chicken, reservations are required. Place is only open thurs-Sun. Cowboy Dinner Tree Restaurant. The place also has cabins. Cowboy Dinner Tree - YouTube. You will not forget this meal !!!!! Dinner seating starts at 4 pm. People visit this place from all over the world. The dinner is included with the cabin rental.

If you have 30 minutes to take a break swing over to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fort_Rock , It's a few minutes off 31.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions. I am really liking what I have read about Hwy 31. I am now thinking about stopping at the true midway point, in La Pines, and then heading out to Ft. Rock in the early AM to take advantage of the views in the early morning light.
 

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Good call, Ft Rock will be a good spot to get your first break. Scenery improves south of the Rock, vast vista's with long ridges. Keep a look out for antelope and other critters.
 
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